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Coach’s Seizures Prompt Discussion on Epilepsy and Stress

Few jobs are more high-profile than head football coach at a state university. So when University of Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill experienced his fourth documented game-day epileptic seizure in 22 games at the school, a national discussion ensued. Weighing in on the discussion are Dr. Michael Privitera and his colleagues at the UC Neuroscience Institute’s…
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Dr. Michael Privitera Comments on the Seizures of a Well-Known Rap Artist

Dr. Michael Privitera, medical director of the UC Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute commented on the weekend seizures of well-known rap artist, Lil Wayne. Privitera, who is not Wayne’s physician and has not seen his case first-hand, explains that there are a number of possible reasons why the rapper may be…
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Study Supports Link Between Stress, Epileptic Seizures

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati performed functional MRI brain scans during a stressful math exercise on 16 people with epilepsy who pegged stress as a factor in their seizure control and seven who did not. While both groups performed similarly on the test, those who perceived stress to have an impact on their epilepsy…
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Man Trades Parts of Brain to End Seizures

Ryan Adamkiewicz was just 17 years old when he had his first seizure in high school.  At his worst, he would seize 100 times a day, sometimes for hours at a time.  Ryan knew he had to do something about his condition, so he turned to University Hospital, their Epilepsy Center and neurosurgeon, Dr. Ellen Air.  After placing…
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CEO Funds Study to Look at Stress and Seizures

Charles Shor is convinced that stress is responsible for his epilepsy. It’s why he has contributed more than $1 million to the University of Cincinnati to establish the Charles L. Shor Foundation for Epilepsy Research, which is working to educate doctors and patients on how stress impacts people with epilepsy. Read more >> Medium: Cincinnati…
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Dr. Michael Privitera Discusses Epilepsy in Older Adults

Learn about epilepsy with Michael Privitera, MD, on HealthScope, a weekly discussion about health and wellness issues for older adults and their families and caregivers. Dr. Privitera is Director of the UC Epilepsy Center and Professor of Neurology at the UC College of Medicine. Listen to the MP3 file >> The file is 36 MB…
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Epilepsy Specialists Reject Government Report on Antiepileptic Drugs

Epilepsy Specialists Reject Government Report on Antiepileptic Drugs

A federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report comparing the effectiveness of older versus newer antiepileptic drugs has some members of the epilepsy community wondering how the federal agency fell short of that goal, according to an article in Neurology Today,the official publication of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The latest report has…
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Surgery for Epilepsy Gains Urgency in Clinical Trial

Surgery for Epilepsy Gains Urgency in Clinical Trial

Surgery for epilepsy is usually seen as a last resort for patients when medications do not work, and it is often delayed for many years after the failure of drug treatment. Now a randomized, controlled trial suggests that surgery as soon as possible after the failure of two antiepileptic drugs is a significantly better approach than…
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University Hospital Recognized Nationally in Anti-Seizure Study

University Hospital wants to install robots and cameras in emergency rooms around the region, allowing its renowned stroke team to weigh in within minutes to help patients suffering from a stroke. Learn more >> Publication Name: Cincinnati Enquirer

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An Epilepsy Doctor with a Patient’s Perspective

For the last 20 years, Dr. Brien J. Smith has tried to change how doctors and patients view epilepsy. When the Doctor Has Epilepsy Publication Name: New York Times

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